Consider a compact

It’s the time of year for covering up and I must confess there’s something comforting about being back in the snug support of my Wolfords. As clothing is layered up, your face also demands a bit more armour against the elements.


 I do love a compact foundation, and happily the cosmetic companies are embracing this ideal way of delivering colour. What’s not to like about a flexible finish in a non-spill container that you can top up while on the go?    

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, €41
A cream formula which gives weightless, buildable coverage. The high moisture levels help reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.

Jane Iredales Pure Pressed Powder €49.95
Sensitive types will love this talc-free mineral compact which multi-tasks as a concealer, foundation and powder,with the bonus of SPF 20. The finish is smooth, natural and spill proof. Available at Skin Bespoke
Beauty, Clontarf.

Armani Maestro Fusion Compact, €45
Like its liquid counterpart, the texture is weightless and melts seamlessly into skin for an imperceptible finish. The applicator is a rounded brush instead of the usual sponge.

Clinique Even Better Compact Foundation, €34
This light cream blends uneven spots to a seamless finish and the range of 30 shades means you’ll get the perfect colour match.

Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact Foundation, €40
Oily skins will love this oil-absorbing powder which gives a flawless, long-lasting finish. For a lighter look, wet the the applicator sponge before applying.

Clarins Everlasting Compact Foundation SPF15, €38
Look no further for a matte-finish foundation with incredible staying power. The plant-based moisturising ingredients ensure it never looks heavy but remains comfortable and fresh all day.

Chanel Vitalumière Compact Douceur, €52
This ultra-fine powder, pictured right, uses the same light diffusing technology as plasma screens (I kid you not), and gives light to medium coverage. Use alone for a naturally evened-out glow or layer over a liquid base for a more groomed finish.